Saturday, 28 August 2010

PostHeaderIcon Exploiters... gawd

Ah, AB weekend. Free XP for my priest. But wait a minute, many of my team are corrupt a-holes who don't know what "Fair" means.

There's the gate bug to start with, at least on Alliance side.

You know there's another exploit at LM that anyone can make use of? Discovered this the other day when finding a place to hide, but quickly realised it wasn't worth the account ban.
So, Stables, LM, gate bug.

If anything, they simply need to apply no-mans land debuff until the gates are open, just like EotS. Simply make inner corners blocks so that you can't glitch into them so easily.

Just now though, in this last AB, on my Alliance character, i've just seen this exact gate exploit happen. Of course, i mentioned that i'd report them (yes, call me all the names you want, it matters not), and of course, some other priest starts ranting on at me. The "conversation" that followed was amusing to say the least. You think i have a big ego? Check this;



Terenas retards, what to do with them.

I do have to say that i enjoy ending on a dateline-esque comment with regards to "You've been caught". The "speak when you're spoken to" seemed to be one of those stereotypical 4chan chav lines.

Still gonna report both of them. I'd normally let the priests comments past, but since they apparently approve of exploiting, it's FFA on reporting them. When i'm in game, i'm not all "HERE ARE THE RULES YOU MUST OBEY THEM ROAR", and i'm quite lenient if anything... but i will do my part in cracking down on those that deserve it, and anyone who approves of what the reported did or defends them clearly need reporting too. I'll even be as lenient as saying as long as they don't cap before the other team if they get out or interfere with either teams caps at the start, there's no issue.

I've just seen another get out in this match i'm in atm, and surprisingly, as soon as i said "get back here or you're being reported", they went and danced with the Horde side. Of course, i got people yelling at me for being "lol WoW police" and "Mr does everything by the book". In the end, if you're exploiting with intent to get a major advantage, you're getting reported, my team or not.

If anything, the issue needs to be fixed, plain and simple.
Monday, 23 August 2010

PostHeaderIcon ...And a voice that made me cry.... My oh my...

So, this is it. The end. It's been a long 2 years. Tonight, we lost another member of the guild.

I've been here for around 2 years, close to 3. 8 or so months ago, when i considered leaving, i said i'd give it another chance. It's difficult for me to give it another chance. Really difficult. It hurts just to even be in the guild while it's going under.

I don't know the future of the guild. I really don't. It's close to collapsing, the pressure is just too much. We've got more socials than raiders. Raiders can't raid as there's not enough of us, and any setup we get is sub-optimal.

If it does come to disbanding, i don't know what i'll do or where i'll go.
Sunday, 15 August 2010

PostHeaderIcon Crazy changes!

Protection
  • Avenger's Shield is now Protection's primary skill. Cooldown lowered from 30 to 24 sec.
  • Divine Shield can now be used with Avenging Wrath.
  • Hand of Reckoning no longer deals damage if the target isn't attacking you.
  • Hammer of Justice no longer interrupts spellcasting for 3 sec.
  • Shield of the Templar now reduces the cooldown of Avenger's Shield by 3/6/9 sec. (Down from 3/7/10 sec)
  • Sacred Duty revamped - Your Judgements have a 25/50% chance of making your next Shield of the Righteous a critical strike. Lasts 15 sec.
  • Vindication revamped - Your Crusader Strike and Hammer of the Righteous have a 50/100% chance to reduce physical damage done by targets by 5/10% for 10 sec.
  • Shield of the Righteous revamped - Slam the target with your shield, causing Holy damage. Consumes all applications of Holy Power to determine damage dealt:
    1 Holy Power: 20% Attack Power
    2 Holy Power: 60% Attack Power
    3 Holy Power: 120% Attack Power / 6% of base mana, 5 yd range, Instant cast
  • Guarded by the Light now increases your Word of Glory by 30/60% when used on yourself. (Up from 20/40%)
  • Holy Shield is now a Tier 5 talent, up from Tier 4. Revamped - Using Shield of the Righteous or Inquisition increases your block chance by 15% for 20 sec.
  • Grand Crusader now also procs from Hammer of the Righteous.
  • Hallowed Ground now decreases Consecration's mana cost by 40/80%.
  • Hammer of the Righteous revamped - Hammer the current target for 40% weapon damage, causing a wave of light that hits all targets within 0 yards for 1061 to 1407 Holy damage. Grants a charge of Holy Power.
  • Wrath of the Lightbringer now also affect your Judgement and Hammer of Wrath spells.

Just whoa! Most of these are very nice changes.

If i don't get into beta, i can't wait to try out prot on the PTR. I need to know damage output, damage input (this might prove difficult to get on a PTR where everyone is more focused on insulting each other than reporting bugs and feedback), resource maintenance, proc upkeep, etc.

I don't expect this is the end of Paladin changes though.
Friday, 13 August 2010

PostHeaderIcon Inc?

You know what i love about expansion releases? The mere fact that while i'm still learning my class, so is everyone else. The difference is that i've got more of a grasp of my class than most other people, at least in BG's.

I was watching some of my videos from the start of WotLK, including some that were 20+ minutes long and thus never got published to Youtube, and i realised something. I was a lot more courageous with my class back then. I look back on one video and see me running with the flag in EotS, surrounded by 4 team mates, all heading to another base.

I see me BEFORE Divine Plea could be refreshed, in an arena setting with a feral druid partner.

I realise how much i enjoyed things back then. This is why i can't wait for Cataclysm.

There's beta maintenance soon. I'm REALLY hoping that at least 1 of my plans ends up in a beta invite. I'm disappointed i'm not able to test it out and report things to make it a better game. I know it's not a demo, i know there'll be bugs, but even if just to test out my different classes and understand them, and provide feedback on what feels clunky, or what doesn't make sense for the classes i have less experience with, then i'd be happy.

I've never had a chance to beta test anything. It's scarily disappointing actually. Meh, whatever.

Anyway, gonna be reinstalling Windows. For some reason, i'm losing space on this SSD and i don't know why (yes, system restore, hibernation and all that sorta stuff is disabled). Bai!
Sunday, 8 August 2010

PostHeaderIcon What is this? WHERE AM I?!

Don't fret, this is my new blog. I'm still the same person running it. However, i wanted to start fresh, for a few reasons;

A) The old one was far too negative. I looked over every post there a few nights ago, and facepalmed a lot.

B) Broken images. There were some images on HDImage (now defunct), which obviously weren't showing.

C) Cataclysm. The expansion isn't too far away, so a lot of the info there will be wrong soon.

It's now an archive.

Now, with that out of the way, let me share the future with you.

The Near Future
The near future is interesting. Firstly, i've got a new video coming up. Now, it's been a while since i did a video about Paladins, or about my Paladin to be specific. This new video is about Synthaxx, or Chronalis as they were once called. The main focus of the video is to show what i've achieved in Wrath.

Currently, the video is entitled "Lightforged Champion : Wrath". It shows different parts of my previous movies. Currently, this is "Battlemaster in Training", "Chronalis vs Velen", "Starcaller", and "Kingslayer".

It's gonna be rendered completely in After Effects, and makes heavy use of special effects. It's looking rather spectacular currently, and really, it's meant to be a really fancy video to finish off the expansion. I've got some fitting music for it, and i've worked the video around it, with all the action parts at the fast paced parts, and the calmer parts at the slower parts. However, the calmer parts are actually filmed in WMV, but it's made to look like it fits with the video in a sense.

Currently, i've got around 1 minute of film to add in order to finish it.

The Further Future
The further future is a little uncertain. It consists of several points.
- Being the GM of the guild
- New class mechanics, which will hopefully make me interested in the class a bit more
- The guild itself

I said i wouldn't make this blog so negative, but this needs to be put out there.
The first point, is that i was made GM of the guild, without really wanting such responsibility. I didn't mind being an officer and running the website and such. I never wanted GM though, not for a raiding guild.

I'm now feeling stuck being GM. This'll lead to point 3, but i'll talk about that below.

The 2nd point is about the class. I'm liking how the mechanics are shaping up, mostly anyway. I'm liking how i'll be able to play to my ability and strengths more, without dodgy mechanics, such as our mana regen in PVP.

The 3rd point is rather... well..... difficult to talk about. See, since January, we've slowly lost people, either to going social, or to other guilds. I don't hate socials, i just hate we've lost so many people to it. If they came back from social to find the guild had folded, i know they'd assume it wasn't their fault at all in any aspect. It's purely because we've now got like 7 very good players, all social.

As time has gone on, we've been left with barely enough to get raids together. We've got 1 boss left from the Wrath set (LK Heroic), and we're struggling to even get 10-mans for ICC together. You can see we're not a terrible guild, but you can also see we're lacking numbers badly. Often, we're running raids without even replenishment.

This has left me feeling really drained.

I came to a decision a few nights ago; If we get to 2 weeks before 4.0 release and things weren't better, i'd be looking for a new guild. I'm not sure if i'll go through with this yet. See, we've got a few new recruits applying, and hopefully, they'll be joining us very soon.

The problem has always been that i raided for others, purely because i was a tank, and reliable too. I've grown close to the guild. I've made friends. When things started going downhill, i considered abandoning ship, but stuck with it. Now, i'm here, in this same situation many months/years later. I can't raid for others much longer, i just can't. I want to raid for myself again. I can't go social, or the guild will die... of that i'm sure. But i can't put up with feeling pressured any longer.

If things look better for Cataclysm, i'll stay, but if not, i'm out. I've given it more than enough chances and tried to help it recover... but it's never worked completely. I need to raid for myself though. I'm not prepared to struggle to get raids going any more. It's all or nothing.

I dunno, i need to see how things pan out. I've always wanted to raid in a truly progressed guild. You know, light of dawn, etc.

The future is uncertain. All will become clear as time goes by though.

PostHeaderIcon New Blog

Just a heads up for anyone who found their way here from forum links or from their favourites that this is the new blog. The old blog is located at lightforgedarchive.blogspot.com.

I've got some things to post, including an explanation, but i'll sort them later.